Politicians Alan Johnson, Margaret Hodge, Melvyn Bragg and John Bew were named winners of the inaugural Parliamentary Book Awards, as voted for by MPs and members of the House of Lords, the Bookseller reported. Launched by the Booksellers Association and the Publishers Association, the shortlist was voted for by U.K. bookshops, with parliamentarians voting on the winner in each category.
Johnson won best memoir by a Parliamentarian for The Long Winding Road; Hodge best nonfiction book for Called to Account: How Corporate Bad Behavior and Government Waste Combine to Cost us Millions; Bragg best fiction work for Now is the Time; and Bew best political book by a non-Parliamentarian for Citizen Clem.
Rebecca Traister's All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation and Jung Yun's Shelter won the inaugural Reading Women Awards for nonfiction and fiction respectively. The annual award recognizes outstanding books written by or about women that embody the mission of the Reading Women podcast, which is to bring female voices to a wider audience.